1. Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food supplies them all.
2. Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
3. Maintain a healthy weight � not too fat, not too thin. The weight that�s right for you depends on your sex, height, age and heredity.
4. Eat moderate portions. (The recommended cooked meat portion is 3 ounces, about the size of a deck of cards.)
5. Eat regular meals. Skipping can lead to out-of-control hunger, and overeating.
6. Reduce, but don�t necessarily eliminate certain foods. The key is moderation.
7. Know your diet pitfalls. To improve your eating habits you need to know what�s wrong with them.
8. Make changes gradually. Remedy excesses or deficiencies in your diet with modest changes that can add up to positive, lifelong eating habits.